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Boston Parking Ban Lifts Wednesday 6 PM; Limited Service Remains On The T

The Massachusetts National Guard 379th Engineering Company clears snow from the Green Line at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street in Boston on Tuesday afternoon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The Massachusetts National Guard 379th Engineering Company clears snow from the Green Line at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and St. Paul Street in Boston on Tuesday afternoon. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Boston's parking ban will be lifted Wednesday at 6 p.m., three days after the latest major snowstorm swept through the city.

The mayor's office made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, after another day of delays, packed trains and buses and limited service on the MBTA.

Shuttle buses were replacing trains on parts of the Red Line, Green Line trolleys were slowly coming back in service, and there were significant delays and several cancelled trips on the commuter rail. (For the latest service adjustments, see here.)

Following a stretch of record snowfall and bitter cold, the T's head said she hopes by Wednesday to have a better sense of how long it will take to have all lines back in service.

"There's a lot taking place in terms of actual infrastructure," outgoing General Manager Beverly Scott said Tuesday afternoon. "It's like a war, and we're taking this back station by station, line by line, switch by switch."

On Monday, Scott said it could take a month for full service to return.

"As long as we don't hit another one of these, like this blizzard that just hit [Sunday], I would tell you that within 30 days we would be able to fully recover."

In a Tuesday briefing, Gov. Charlie Baker said that he expects 30 days to be the outer limit of full restoration, but he doesn't want anybody to over-promise and under-deliver.

He added that his staff will be meeting with MBTA officials twice a day to try and figure out how to bring the system back to full capacity as soon as possible.

As it did Monday, the T paid some people $30 an hour to clear snow from stations and tracks Tuesday.

Heavy traffic on Route 1 at the Tobin Bridge early Tuesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Heavy traffic on Route 1 at the Tobin Bridge early Tuesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More snow fell in Boston Tuesday, but wasn't forecast to add much to the city's recent record accumulation.

"There will be some light snow or snow showers today with a coating to 2 inches of snow," WBUR meteorologist David Epstein wrote in his Tuesday morning forecast.

According to the mayor's office, as of Tuesday afternoon Boston's Public Works Department has plowed 283,254 miles of roadway over 168,231 hours since the beginning of the season.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Gov. Baker himself would be meeting with MBTA officials twice daily. The governor said his staff would meet twice daily with T officials. 

This article was originally published on February 17, 2015.

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